Clear Signs Of Smiling/Happy Dog – Pet Parent Resource Behavior Guide Launched

Shirley C McMillion of Cute Dogs Blog releases a new report called, "Is My Dog Smiling At Me?". The educational resource guides readers on the best way to determine if their dog is happy.

As more people become first-time pet parents during the pandemic, they need to understand the nuances of their pet’s behavior, especially those that signal their satisfaction. Shirley C McMillion uses her own experience as a dog mom to help others know if their pet is smiling in her new report in the Cute Dogs Blog.

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The new resource describes another sign that a dog is happy. Aside from a high and wagging tail, a relaxed posture with an accompanying open mouth can indicate satisfaction. A dog’s “smile” should not be confused with aggression, which is characterized by a tense posture and growling. Instead, a happy dog will slightly open its mouth and softly gaze at its owner.

McMillion reminds pet parents that not all dogs smile when they are happy. Some dogs become more playful with their owners while other dogs prefer leaning in and snuggling. Regardless, the clearest sign of dog happiness is its posture. A relaxed body with floppy ears indicates that the dog is feeling comfortable and relaxed.

The newly published report is meant to help all dog parents understand their furry loved ones better. Despite dogs being considered “man’s best friend”, there are several canine behaviors that may seem strange to first-time parents.

One such example is bum scooting, where a dog will begin to move their bottom back and forth across the floor. While this can seem initially funny, pet parents are reminded that bum scooting can indicate a serious medical condition. Dogs may move their bottoms on the floor to alleviate an itch or irritation caused by clogged anal sacs.

If parents notice their dogs scooting, they are recommended to see their nearest veterinarian. The dog may also express its discomfort with noticeable body language such as a low tucked tail, flattened ears, and hiding behavior.

Inflamed anal sacs can cause fluid build-up and prevent a dog from eliminating its waste properly. This condition can be life-threatening if not treated immediately.

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